“I give them a $20,000 gift and I don’t get a thank you?” Sound familiar? The dollar amount may vary, but the frustration is the same. More and more people are frustrated and confounded at the lack of appreciation
These ideas can help you de-clutter your home and earn a tax write-off
By Ashley Eneriz for Next AvenueWhen it comes to donating to charity, sometimes our budgets don’t allow us to be as generous as we we’d like. But you needn’t always open your wallet to help others. Here are four ways to give back that don’t involve writing a check or
Advice for boomers desperate to unload family heirlooms
By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue
After my father died at 94 in September, leaving my sister and me to empty his one-bedroom, independent living New Jersey apartment, we learned the hard truth that others in their 50s and 60s need to know: Nobody wants the prized possessions of your
Halfway through, I’ve got a pile of junk and gained some wisdom, too
I used to be able to put all of my belongings in a 1985 Honda Accord and still see out the back.
Now, I can barely see out of some of the windows of our four-bedroom house. What happened?!
Here’s what happened:
Since the process is partly psychological, here’s how to prepare
By Harriet Edleson for Next Avenue
If you’re ready to move to a smaller space or think you might want to downsize in the not-too-distant future, take a deep breath and start planning.
It’s a much bigger task than you’ll ever imagine, partly because the process entails far more
This boss got the job done using a few ideas from work
By Terry O’Reilly for Next Avenue
After my wife passed away, there were five of us left sharing our family home: me, my two sons and a pair of dogs who had come to believe that they were in charge of the house.
In the two years that have gone by, life has assumed a new normal. And in
By Patricia Corrigan for Next Avenue
Five years ago, when I sold my 1,700-square-foot condo in St. Louis County, Mo., in preparation for a move to a small apartment in San Francisco, Calif., I knew I had to get rid of at